Fall 2020 Graduate Student Orientation Offered Remotely

Welcome to Kent State University!

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is held prior to the start of fall and spring semesters for all new graduate students. 

GSO provides an opportunity to learn about university resources and network with other new graduate students, along with representatives of KSU's faculty, staff, and administration.

Fall 2020 GSO will be held remotely this summer. The following components will be part of GSO.

1.    Two asynchronous modules, one for all new graduate students and one for all new teaching assistants. These orientation modules will be available via Blackboard Learn to students who have registered for GSO and should be available in late July or early August. These modules will allow graduate students and teaching assistants the opportunity to navigate GSO at their own pace. 
2.    Additionally, we will be offering live sessions on a variety of topics throughout July and August. These sessions will enable you to ask questions and connect with other graduate students and staff in a variety of student services and resource areas. Students registered for GSO will receive invites to join these July and August sessions. The schedule for these sessions is to be determined, but will be shared on the GSO website and with those registered for GSO.
3.    On the dates of GSO we will be offering live sessions on topics related to research, graduate student life, support services, and teaching. Additionally, there will be other live social events for you to connect with new and current graduate students. Thursday, August 20 is for all new graduate students and will focus on information regarding research, health and wellness, graduate student life, and support services. Friday, August 21 is for all new teaching assistants and will focus on resources, support, and advice for students who are teaching at Kent State. Schedules for both programs will be available later this summer on the GSO website and sent to students who are registered for GSO.

GSO registration invites were first sent to new graduate students for Summer and Fall 2020 in early May. We continue to send invitations to graduate students who were admitted after May 1. If you have questions about GSO registration or have not received, an invitation yet please contact Kyle Reynolds at kreynol3@kent.edu.

Before you attend GSO, we recommend reviewing our Guide to Getting Started as a Graduate Student highlighting important things to know before starting classes and resources/services related to health and wellness, information services, graduate student services and more.

We look forward to meeting you.